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not going anywhere. new jersey senator bob menendez vows to fight the corruption charges against him as he heads to federal court today. preparing to picket. hundreds of employees at philadelphia international airport won't be at work today. we're live as they go on strike later this morning. don't let the chilly start fool you. a spring warm-up is on top for today with lots of sunshine. >> yes. >> yes! it's 4:30. this is nbc 10 news today. i'm tracy davidson. >> and i'm chris cato. let's begin with meteorologist bill henley. it's nice and clear and cool. >> 20s and 30s to start with.
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you'll need a warm jacket but don't forget your sunglasses. right now moon glasses would do the trick. that's a live view of the moon getting ready to set. clear view of the moon. and clear skies, less wind and dry air. and we have a cold morning. 33 now in northeast philadelphia. look at the freezing point for doylestown and trenton. now 37 in wilmington. and 20s in pottstown. roxboro is down to 38. south philadelphia is at 41 degrees right now. nice and clear. we'll see bright sunshine for boat boathouse row. a nice warm-up, too. chilly at 6:00. by 9:00, we'll be in the middle 40s and the near 60s. but it will be a bit windy as we go into the afternoon. the winds will be kicking in. your hour-by-hour forecast when i'm back in ten. right now we check in with first alert traffic reporter christine maddela. >> no major accidents but construction projects to tell you about. this is i-95 right at giraud. traffic just getting by on the
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right-hand lane. the left-hand lane is blocked due to construction. things are slowing down there just a bit. but overall, it's not going to impact your drive times. on route 1, we have two malfunctions traffic lights. they are at large street the intersection of route 1 and at bustleton avenue. so just be aware of that if you are heading in that direction. leave yourself some extra time there to make sure everyone gets through the intersection safely. and elsewhere as we make our way through your drive times, like i said they're just not impacted too much. we aren't seeing any major problems out there. and there is another construction project on 295. i'll tell you about that in just a few minutes. tracy? >> thanks. following breaking news right now out of kenya this morning where masked gunmen stormed the university campus killing at least two people and they are now holding hostages. this is happening at garissa university in eastern kenya. al jazeera reports five gunmen went into the dorm where students were sleeping. 29 are hurt. they say it appears to match the
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hallmarks of the somali extremist group but the gunmen have not been identified. we'll bring you any new developments as we get them. happening today, new jersey's ranking senator robert menendez is expected to be in federal court after a grand jury indicted him yesterday on bribery and corruption charges. >> and this is not how my career is going to end. >> senator menendez called those charges against him a political attack. if he's convicted, he could spend decades in prison. federal prosecutors allege that the senator accepted lavish gifts like private jet rides and tropical vacations from longtime friend and florida eye doctor salomon melgen. prosecutors said in exchange menendez helped him get visas for his girlfriends and used his political power to lobby for the doctor's business interests. if you're heading to philadelphia international airport today, you may see hundreds of airport workers on strike. they'll be demanding higher pay and better working conditions. nbc 10's katy zachry is live at the airport.
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katy, tell us more. >> reporter: hi tracy. we're reaching out to the airlines to see how this is going to affect operations for them. if you look behind me this is starting to be a busy time. as you can see things running smoothly right now. in terms of the employees that are going to be striking we're talking about baggage handlers wheelchair attendants and aircraft cleaners. now, as i said operations are running smoothly now, but come around 6:00 a.m. one of the busiest times here of the morning, these workers are going on strike. we've heard from this group before. you're looking at video of it. they've held protests outside the airport demanding higher hourly wages. as it stands this group makes as little as $7.25 an hour and they don't have access to health benefits or sick days. now, they are not employees of philadelphia international airport. they are contracted and they provide services for airlines like us airways, american delta, southwest, british airways and other international carriers. now, we are in the process of trying to get a comment from the two companies primarily that
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employ these workers, the hundreds of workers who we're told are going on strike later this morning. i've been in touch with protest organizers, and we're hoping to talk to some of them over the next half hour. reporting live at philadelphia international, katy zachry, nbc 10 news. today a teenager who's accused of knocking out a 60-year-old man at a subway station in philadelphia is expected to turn himself in to police. authorities say this surveillance video from the 15th street station on monday shows the teen punching the man. the blow broke the man's jaw and gave him concussionlike symptoms. video taken earlier shows the victim and the teen arguing on a train. police say they used facial recognition software to identify the suspect. today a judge will sentence a man accused in connection with five sexual assaults in atlantic city. in some of the cases investigators say patel posed as a police officer and carried a fake gun before assaulting the women. it happened in the summer of 2012. last year a jury convicted patel of nearly two dozen counts.
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he faces up to 200 years in prison. this morning police are trying to solve a murder mystery, and the family of the man who was killed and dumped in a river are looking for answers as well. 69-year-old vito magglio sr. never came home last summer. investigators found his suv burned with blood and a shell casing inside. last friday crews pulled his body from the schuylkill river in east falls. police say he had been shot twice in the head. >> for the people that did this you know what? i mean god will have to you know, take care of you when your time comes. >> and the maglio family is asking anyone with information about vito's death to call philadelphia police. a fast food chain is upping the ante. >> next the pay raise coming to 90,000 workers. plus the price of the morning commute is also going up in philadelphia. the increased fee that some drivers will notice. a breezy day ahead. right now it is cold outside.
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20s and 30s with very light wind on ground level. right now we're at 37 degrees at 4:37.
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this is new this morning from our lehigh valley bureau. listen to this. soon people who are looking for a job in allentown won't have to answer questions about their criminal record. council members voted unanimously to remove a question from the city's job application form that asks for the person's criminal background. this goes into effect may 1st. it's in line with a national movement known as ban the box. advocates want to remove questions about criminal histories from applications for both public and private employers across the country. well mcdonald's is boosting pay at its company-owned restaurants starting july 1st which means pay hikes of $1 an hour or more for about 10% of its work force, which is about 90,000 people. they'll also get better benefits but the move leaves out the workers at franchise-owned stores. that's at about 14,000
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mcdonald's across the country. now your nbc 10 first alert weather with meteorologist bill henley. >> 4:40 and it is cold outside. we're in the 20s and 30s to start with this morning. but look how nice and clear it is. this is a live look across the delaware from the adventure aquarium. 38 degrees. philadelphia international. the wind has really come down. it's just at three. the wind will be increasing during the day. we'll see bright sunshine a few high clouds move in this afternoon. but before those clouds move in brilliant sunshine. and a quick warm-up, too. something we didn't really see yesterday. we eventually warmed into the 50s. we'll be up to 50 by 10:00 this morning. and the hour-by-hour forecast has us into the 60s this afternoon. look at those arrows lining up out of the south to help warm things up. that will boost us into the 60s for wilmington philadelphia doylestown, 4:00 this afternoon, bright sunshine. but you can see the clouds that are moving in from the west.
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those clouds will bring us some wet weather into tomorrow. the seven-day forecast when i'm back in ten. all right, bill. 20 minutes till 5:00 now. things moving along pretty well on the roads so far. >> let's see what it looks like now with christine. >> there is a construction project on i-295 right at 168. you can see a lot of these flashing lights. these construction crews are taking out the right two lanes. so all of this traffic getting by on the left. it is slowing things down. there's not a lot of volume at this hour. overall it's not going to impact your drive too much. take a look at drive times, 95, the schuylkill expressway, 422, all a green light at this hour. nothing to slow you down there. no major accidents to tell you about. and the bridges are all in the clear. tracy? a montgomery county firefighter held at gunpoint is talking about what happened while he was held hostage. >> you've got to hear this. next, how close one of the bullets fired in that standoff came to the hostages and their message to the man who held them against their will.
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plus, keeping neighbors safer. the changes the local police department is making after an officer's cruiser struck and killed a young boy.
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happening today, millionaire robert durst will appear in a louisiana court to face weapons charges. police arrested the real estate heir last month in new orleans. they said that they found him with a pistol and marijuana. they want him extradited to california in connection with the execution-style murder of a friend 15 years ago. his attorneys plan to argue the fbi searches of his room is illegal. durst was the subject of a recent hbo documentary. in massachusetts, lawyers expect to make their closing arguments next week in the murder trial of former nfl star aaron hernandez. the prosecutors said he could rest his case today. the defense lawyer told the judge he expects to finish his case by monday. hernandez is accused of killing a man who was dating his fiancee's sister in 2013. the state department says
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leaders in switzerland are making progress in the nuclear talks between iran and six superpowers including the united states. secretary of state john kerry is still in that country well past tuesday's deadline. both sides say a deal is still possible. the goal is to get an agreement that would limit iran's nuclear program in exchange for lifting international sanctions. the montgomery kot district attorneys the grand jury investigation into pennsylvania attorney general kathleen kane will be reviewed with a commitment to fairness. a grand jury recommended that authorities charge kane with perjury and other offenses. she's accused of leaking secret grand jury information to the media. this week a state supreme court ruled that an investigation into the attorney general was legal. d.a. lisa fuhrman says her office will now determine if a more detailed investigation needs to be done. happening today, a montgomery county firehouse will reopen two days after four firefighters were taken hostage by one of their former coworkers. nbc 10 spoke with those
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firefighters from the lamotte volunteer fire company. one of their former colleagues is now undergoing psychiatric observation after holding them at gunpoint tuesday morning. the firefighters say he was upset about being fired the day before. they identified their alleged captor as this man, paul jordan. his former colleagues did not want their faces shown in our interview, but they did show us damage to the firehouse. and they said they forgive jordan. >> so then he got mad and he shot a shot inside the wall which was about six inches from one of our guys. if he wanted to, he could have killed us all. we still love him. when he can have visitation our spiritual side said we'll be here. >> he then surrendered to the s.w.a.t. team. police in gloucester county will be following new rules when comes to answering calls on a moment's notice.
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officers will soon be required to use lights and sirens when driving 20 miles an hour or more over the posted speed limit. the new policy follows a police cruiser crash that killed a 10-year-old boy in december. gloucester county prosecutor shawn dalton said in a letter to the county's police chiefs it is hereby requests that all changes be implemented by may 1st. well there's a new police force serving the lehigh valley now. officers with the slate belt regional police department are now on the streets for the first time. police officers from plainfield township, penn argyle and wingap make up the new force. the regional police will work out of the former plainfield headquarters. >> local governments realize that we need to save pennies and dollars everywhere across local government, and this is another way of doing it. but it does operationally improve the police department. >> officials say the regional force will mean more resources and better patrols for the slate belt area. well it's lights out for
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some neighbors at the jersey shore. >> someone's been stealing garden lights and other metal products right from the yards of homes. residents have reported about a dozen thefts in recent months in mar margate, atlantic county. police say the thieves are pulling fixtures from the ground and ripping copper downspouts off homes, then taking the meltal to scrapyards and selling it. officers want people living in the area to be on the lookout. philadelphia police are hoping this video will lead to the arrest of a car vandal. look at this. this appears to show a man wearing a trench coast and mask using a butcher's knife to damage a woman's car in roxboro. the woman told us her car has been vandalized several times since last summer. she recently installed a security camera capturing video of the man who caused more than $4,000 in damage. now your nbc 10 first alert weather with meteorologist bill henley. >> a chilly start this morning. we're in the 20s and 30s right now.
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but it is very light wind to start with. nice and clear over the city. clear for sunshine today. warm from the 30s this morning into the 60s this afternoon. and you'll see a nice warm-up in the poconos into the 50s later today. with brilliant sunshine. there will be some high clouds this afternoon but no wet weather. not until tomorrow. right now there's cold around. pottstown, doylestown trenton, toms river all at or below freezing this morning. it's in the upper 30s in wilmington. millville down to 30 degrees this morning. so we have to grab a coat to start with and your sunglasses too. there are no clouds in the area this morning. even though we're a good two hours away from sunrise. we will see plenty of sunshine during the day today. and then this is due in tomorrow. look at the rain coming down. in iowa and into illinois. those first showers, first thing tomorrow morning. so enjoy the sunshine while it's here today. and the warmer weather, too. 50s yesterday. we'll be in the 60s this afternoon. but the winds will not be as
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light as what we're experiencing this morning. gusty winds. winds gusting to 30 miles an hour later today. by tomorrow morning, a milder start. 56 degrees. then 70 tomorrow afternoon. we will see showers and a chance of some thunderstorms. it's not going to be an all-day rainfall. in between those showers that will allow us to warm up to 70 degrees. a little cooler for saturday but not bad. 58 degrees. gusty winds during the day on saturday. a breezy day sunday. and a chilly start for that easter egg hunt. but then a mild day for the phillies' home opener up to 61. a chance of showers returns tuesday and wednesday. >> all right, bill thanks. ten minutes before 5:00. this is usually the time that construction starts to clear out for the morning. and we're on the lookout for any accidents. >> yeah, and there's another problem that you don't see every morning popping up for drivers on one road. christine has details on that now. >> yeah, it's on the boulevard. there are two traffic lights that are out. one at large street and one at bustleton avenue. just be on the lookout for that. because you're going to want to
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give everybody some time to get by. and taking a look right now, those are two construction projects that we were watching. i-95 as well as 295. 95 one lane out. just be on the lookout. that should clear out before the major morning commute starts so it won't slow you down too much out there. taking a look on the pennsylvania turnpike for drive times. see what to expect. we're seeing a lot of green. 24 minutes between route 1 and valley forge. chris? and new information now about a sinkhole that's affecting a major road in montgomery county. penndot says the bridge on plymouth road will not reopen and has to be replaced. penndot is examining the sinkhole underneath and next to the bridge in order to design a new bridge foundation. parking at some of septa's regional rail stations will cost you double. officials increased that price yesterday. this impacts anyone parking at septa lots owned by the philadelphia parking authority. parking now costs $2 instead of
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$1. that was the previous price. the fee is still $1 at station lots outside the city. atlantic city pier shops are getting a makeover. next the expensive renovations aimed at turning that area into a destination for families. and it's only april, but a local theme park has christmas in mind. the festive makeover coming to six flags later this year.
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new information now on some zell dell delaware family members who were poisoned at air caribbean condo. delawareonline.com reports that a school administrator is now awake in the hospital. his two teenage sons are still unconscious in critical condition. the boys' mother was treated and released. authorities say the family got sick after being exposed to a pesticide inside their condo in the u.s. virgin islands last month. indiana lawmakers are racing the clock to fix a religious
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freedom law that's come under fire across the country. legislators want to fix language that many say is discriminatory. they want to do it before the easter break and the ncaa final four in indianapolis this weekend. indiana governor mike pence said the law he signed protects religious freedom and is not a license to discriminate against same-sex couples. the governor of arkansas sent a similar bill back to lawmakers to be reworked. newcastle county has banned all county-funded employee travel to indiana as part of the fallout from the religious freedom law in that state. 4:55 now. and today is holy thursday. commemorating the last supper of christ. during this holy week leading to easter, nbc 10 news is staying in constant contact with the vatican as we await the pope's complete schedule during his visit to philadelphia in september. nbc 10's jim rosenfield met with the president of the world meeting of families to get some new information from him. and the president told us that
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the economic impact of the event in philadelphia capped off by the visit by pope francis is already projected to eclipse the original estimates. >> clearly the economic impact has increased significantly since we started this. >> so beyond $418 million coming into this region. >> we really wouldn't know unless we did another economic impact study. you know i would say we're at least $500 million. >> how about that. $500 million. we also asked who would get to have a personal meeting on stage. they told us typically there are five handpicked families from around the world, one from each continent who get to share stories with the pope and ask him questions. isn't that something? >> mm-hmm. >> so what's the biggest concern for the pope's visit? well, they have to plan for everything here. and we found out that their biggest concern is one that would move all events indoors and would limit people from getting to see the pope. we'll tell you exactly what they're worried about happening
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on nbc 10 news starting at 4:00 tonight. internet service is restored at rutgers university this morning following a crippling cyber attack. university officials say the attack started friday. the fbi joined the investigation but a university spokesperson said there's no evidence any confidential information was compromised. how about this a new jersey university canceled its commencement address after complaints by state police about the speaker. the hip-hop artist common was going to deliver that address at keen university. common, as you know won the academy award this year for composing a song from the movie "selma." but it's another song from 15 years ago that state police don't like a song is about asada shakur. she's currently still on the run in cuba. police say common's song paints a sympathetic portrait of a cop killer. from our jersey shore bureau, there is a new plan to turn the pier shops at caesar's into a family-friendly
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entertainment complex on the atlantic city boardwalk. ♪ philadelphia developer bart blatstein paid $2.7 million for the complex. now he's renaming it the playground. the first floor will be modelled after streets known for music in nashville, memphis and austin. it will be named "t" street and will include six live music venues. the makeover will include a large beachfront concert venue, bowling alley, sports bar, retail shop and a space for private events. >> i commit and i promise you this will become the number one tourist attraction in atlantic city. i always wanted to do that. mike. i guarantee it. >> gambling will not be part of the complex. well spring is here but six flags great adventure is planning ahead for christmas. >> yeah the park is revealing its plans for what they call a
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holiday extravaganza. ♪ six flags will debut holiday in the park this year. turning the summer thrill destination into a winter wonderland. there will be lights of course holiday entertainment, seasonal treats. i hope that means hot cocoa. santa's village, carolling and a nightly finale that guarantees snowflakes no matter what the weather. it's always going to snow at the park in december. >> i love the idea i embrace the idea but can we just not talk about snow one more second? >> visitors are not required to bring a shovel. >> that's good. >> that debuts in november again, six flags cranking up the winter season already. you're watching nbc 10 news today at 5:00 a.m. >> nbc 10 news starts now. >> headed to court. this morning senator bob menendez will face a judge for the first time since being indicted on federal corruption
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charges. and if yesterday is any indication, he could come out swinging. set to strike this morning hundreds of workers at philadelphia international will walk off the job. we'll tell you what they're fitting for and if it will impact any flights. the weather should not affect your flight today. in fact, we're getting ready for a nice spring warm-up. starting out chilly this morning, but by this afternoon, we will get a lot of sunshine and the promised warmer weather that we've been talking about all week. good morning and welcome to nbc 10 news today. i'm chris cato. >> and i'm tracy davidson. let's get details of the sunglass weather. >> yeah, you'll need a pair today. to start with the sun's not up yet obviously to temperatures are really coming down. the wind above building level is already getting started this morning. that's going to be a southerly wind today. that's going to blow in warmer temperatures this afternoon. right now we're seeing a very light wind at the surface. just a three-mile-an-hour wind in philadelphia. but look at all the calm readings for wilmington mount holly,

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